Save the date: Missing data, concealed data, distorted data

November 3, 2022

Invitation to the Schöne Lecture by Prof. Dr Julianne Nyhan on the challenges of digitising collections on 14 November 2022.

It is safe to assume that the absence, concealment and distortion of data will plague any museum collection, be it digital or analogue. Missing data affecting heritage collections and their documentation (such as historical catalogues and today’s digital museum catalogues) provide important insights into the subjective decisions that have had a long-term impact on profiles of collections and their documentation. This is the topic of this year’s Schöne lecture “Mind the Gap: Data absence, data silence, and data bias” (“Mind the Gap: Data absence, data silence, and data bias), which will be given by Prof. Dr. Julianne Nyhan from TU Darmstadt and University College London.

Time: 14 November 2022, 19.00 c.t.
Venue: Architecture Building, TU Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 150/52, 10623 Berlin, Lecture Hall A 053

The lecture will explore questions such as: Whose agency, as opposed to others, was recognised in the creation of a collection and for what reasons were certain decisions made? How, then, can fields such as digital humanities respond to problems of missing and biased data? To what extent do platforms for ‘collections in the form of data’ challenge historical absence, bias and subjectivity, rather than reproducing these very things in computer-based contexts?

Julianne Nyhan is Professor of Humanities Data Science and Methodology at the Institute of History, Technische Universität Darmstadt, and Professor of Digital Humanities at University College London (UCL). She has been a Fellow at the Royal Historical Society, Director and Deputy Director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities (2018-2021) and Director of the MA/MSc in Digital Humanities at UCL (2017-2021). Her most recent publication, Hidden and Devalued Feminized Labour in the Digital Humanities: On the Index Thomisticus Project 1954-67, is forthcoming from Routledge.

The Schöne lecture is a cooperation between TU Berlin and the Richard Schöne Society for Museum History.

The lecture will be held in English. Registration is not required. Admission is free.

For further information please contact
Dr. Andrea Meyer
TU Berlin
Department of Modern Art History
Tel.: 030/314-29649


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